It happens every day in Atlanta. Ordinary people like you driving ordinary cars join the throng of huge tractor-trailer trucks hurtling down the highways at breakneck speed. Nobody has to tell you that big trucks can demolish passenger vehicles and the people in them in a heartbeat. What you really need to know is; what should you do, and who can help, when such an accident devastates you and your family?
If you have lived the nightmare of a car/truck collision, you may still be experiencing the life-altering trauma that comes with accidents between commercial trucks and the vehicles most of us drive. You may be wondering how to you and your family can pay for the expensive medical care, the lost pay and the pain and suffering that goes along with a devastating crash between your car and a semi-truck or other commercial motor vehicle. Our large truck accident attorneys are here to help you.
The personal injury attorneys at The Millar Law Firm specialize in taking on large trucking companies. We know how to keep these giants from running over the victims a second time in the courtroom. Trucking companies are usually represented by law firms who do nothing but defend negligent truck drivers and their employers every day. To them, delivering the load means more than the innocent others who are forever injured in the process.
We think the safety of ordinary people in their ordinary cars is far more important that. We stand ready to fight for you – we bring justice to the victims of truck accidents.
The Trucking Company has a Legal team –Here’s How We Will be YOUR Legal Team
When a major trucking accident happens, the Trucking Company is certain to spring into action, hiring its own team of investigators and lawyers – often the same day that the wreck occurs. The Millar Law Firm Injury Lawyers have over 25 years of experience of taking on trucking companies. Our experience is important because we know the tactics Trucking Companies use to defend negligent truck drivers and what evidence must be swiftly gathered to win your case. Connecting with our law firm is your first step to leveling the playing field and holding trucking companies and their drivers accountable. We have the resources and the experienced attorneys, investigators, paralegals and accident reconstruction experts needed to launch an immediate investigation of our own, to preserve the evidence and protect your legal rights.
When you request for a free consultation with our law firm, our lawyers get to know you and the details of your case. Our law firm will give you a clear explanation of how we will investigate the truck driver and the trucking company, and how your claim will be handled. We will answer your questions about medical care, lost pay, pain and suffering and the overall value of your case.
Important Legal Concepts for Georgia Trucking Cases
Length of Truck Accident Cases
How long will my truck accident case take? In our office we are often asked this question. While a truck accident case does not necessarily have to take longer than a typical car accident case, we often advise our clients that it is best to file suit and conduct discovery instead of taking the first pre-suit offer made by the trucking company or its insurance carrier. This is because the lawsuit discovery process allows experienced attorneys to obtain the trucking company’s important internal documents such as the tractor-trailer driver’s qualification file, personnel records, hours of service logs, and the company’s safety practices.
Depositions of the driver and company officials are usually advisable before serious settlement discussions can take place, as the deposition process often reveals serious problems with the company’s hiring, training, maintenance and safety policies. The typical length of time that a trucking lawsuit takes from the time of filing to the time of trial is usually one to two years, but each case is different and the time period can be longer or shorter.
Differences Between Car Accident Cases and Commercial Truck Cases
Some of the primary differences between trucking cases and typical car accident cases is the size and danger posed by heavy trucks on the road and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations FMCSR. To successfully handle tractor-trailer accidents and other trucking cases an attorney must be familiar with and study the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, as those regulations contain many of the rules of the road for truck drivers and commercial trucking companies. A trucker or company that operates a commercial vehicle in interstate commerce must comply with the FMCSR for vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination rating of 10,001 or more pounds, vehicles designed or used to transport 9 to 15 passengers including the driver for pay; vehicles designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers; or any vehicle used to transport hazardous materials under the Federal Haz-Mat Act, 49 U.S.C. 5101.
Investigation and successful litigation against truck drivers and tucking companies requires an attorney and his or her team of experts to scrutinize and discover any violations of the FMCSR, because the presence or lack of such violations may be the key to winning or losing the case or between a large or a small trial verdict. More information about the FMCSR can be found at www.fmcsa.dot.gov.
Statistics about Tractor Trailers and Accidents
As the federal statistics below show, unsafe tractor trailers and unsafe truck drivers are far too common on our nation’s highways.
Important Federal Truck Accident Stats:
- 992,642 driver violations were cited during truck roadside inspections in 2017.
- An estimated 537,000 total crashes (fatal and nonfatal) involved a large truck or bus in 2016.
- 200,341 violations resulted in the driver being taken off the road for a period of time.
- 134,324 trucks were issued violations in 2017 for running on worn tires without enough tread depth.
- 59,261 violations were issued to trucks during roadside inspections in 2017 for inoperative/defective brakes.
- 35,890 violations were issued for truck drivers operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) without a commercial driver’s license.
- 21,742 drivers were issued violations for using a handheld mobile telephone while operating a CMV.
- 19,190 drivers were pulled off the road in 2017 and cited for driving beyond the 11-hour driving limit in a 14-hour period.
- 4,761 people were killed in crashes involving large trucks in 2017.
- 72% of people killed in crashes involving large trucks were occupants of other vehicles.
- More than a quarter (27%) of fatal large-truck crashes occurred on interstates.
- 78% of the fatal crashes involving large trucks occurred on weekdays.
- 72% of the fatal weekday crashes occurred during daytime hours, between 6am and 6pm.
Important Georgia Stats:
- In 2017, there were 2,298 fatal crashes in Georgia, 225 involving large trucks.
2018 Pocket Guide to Large Truck and Bus Statistics, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
In addition, if the failure of the truck or its parts, systems or components contributes to a wreck, the manufacturer(s) or distributor(s) may be liable for the faulty design or manufacture of the product that failed.
In a few cases, road conditions – such as road construction or work zones, faulty maintenance or faulty design – contribute to truck accidents. In these instances, a local government or a contractor, or both, may have some liability for the injured party’s losses.
We often call upon accident reconstruction experts to assist in our investigations of truck accidents and to help us determine how the accident occurred. Once we have compiled all of the available facts of your accident and the evidence to support them, we explore all options in seeking compensation for the harm you have suffered.
Getting Help From Our Georgia Truck Accident Attorneys Today
If you or a loved one has been injured in a commercial truck accident, contact The Millar Law Firm today so we can begin to investigate your tractor-trailer or 18-wheeler accident case as soon as possible. When necessary we will bring in qualified experts to assist in proving your case and work with your medical professionals to help with your recovery.
We are here to help you to obtain a fair and Just compensation for your medical costs and bills, lost pay and income, and for your harms, pain, losses and suffering.
Call The Millar Firm today at 770-400-0000 (“770-4-Million”) or fill out our online contact form for a free evaluation of your case. We represent all our clients on a contingency-fee agreement, and this means that if we do not recover compensation for you, you will not be responsible to pay any legal fees.
Read What to do after a truck accident for more information.